What a fantastic response to the #StayForceFit challenge created by Serve and Protect CU to improve the wellbeing of the policing family during lockdown by encouraging participants to get active for a common cause … to win £1,000 for their Welfare Fund!

The challenge was simple … get moving and log the miles covered to add to your forces total amount.  The response was overwhelming with over 62,000 miles of exercise logged for 16 police forces. There was some amazing feedback from participants who loved taking part in the twofold challenge to potentially win their force welfare fund £1,000 whilst getting fit at the same time!

Paul Norgrove, CEO of Serve and Protect CU, commented,

We are delighted with the outstanding response to the #StayForceFit Challenge.


It is fantastic that we could play our part to help hundreds of individuals keep active and exercise during the lockdown period. We recognise the important role exercise can play in improving an individual’s overall mental and physical wellbeing, so are incredibly proud to have seen such a positive response.

Serve and Protect CU is a much-valued partner of TeamPolice, supporting Police Sport UK and encouraging physical activity for all in the policing family to improve health and fitness The stay fit challenge is a fantastic example of their commitment to our joint mission to create wellbeing through sport!

Gavin Thomas OBE


The Final Standings

South Wales Police won the challenge with an incredible 34,000 miles of exercise and received £1,000 for their force welfare fund. Norfolk Constabulary came in second and Dyfed-Powys Police in third, winning £250 and £100 respectively for their own force welfare funds.

Dave Greaves, Treasurer of South Wales Police Benevolent Fund said,

On behalf of South Wales Police Benevolent Fund and South Wales Police Staff Benevolent Fund, I would like to thank Serve and Protect CU for their generous donation and Team Police for organising the #StayForceFit Challenge.


The donation is very much appreciated by both funds and will support local benevolent cases. We are equally grateful for the tremendous efforts of all of those that participated who will also benefit from the improved mental and physical wellbeing associated to their activity.

Check out the video below where Rob Lovesey and Tom Sutton from Serve and Protect CU are joined by DCI Jason Herbert from the winning South Wales Police Force to discuss the challenge and it’s impact.

Click on the table to see the final results

This is how #StayForceFit worked

Serve and Protect Credit Union (formerly Police CU) is a free employee benefit which aims to improve their financial resilience of their members. As a not-for-profit financial cooperative, they serve over 34,000 members – helping them to save and borrow with repayments straight from their pay.

The free employee benefit is provided by 28 Police Forces within England and Wales, along with the Ministry of Defence and HMPPS.

To learn more about how your Force can provide the free service visit: serveandprotectcu.co.uk